Snail Mail

In some aspects I am very old-fashioned. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy technological advances and make full use of them. Would I have had the courage to move to China 30 years ago, when e-mail and Skype didn’t exist and the only way to keep in touch with your family and friends was writing letters that took a month to arrive, or making very expensive phone calls? I don’t know. But for sure it would have been more difficult. Nowadays if you miss your mum you just have to whatsapp or viber her. Very convenient!

When I was young I loved writing letters. Every summer, when I was away from my hometown for 3 months, my friends and I exchanged letters. They were a lot of fun. I still keep them all in a box at my parents’ place and I like re-reading them from time to time.

But the internet has basically killed conventional mail. No one writes letters anymore, it seems like a waste of time. And I think it is very sad, as nothing can replace the joy of finding a little hand-written envelope in your mailbox. I used to love checking our mailbox every day.

However I have to confess I almost stopped using snail mail too. Now I only use it for special occasions, for example some birthdays. But I still like writing postcards when I travel somewhere. The first time C. and I went to Hong Kong together we bought a couple of postcards, wrote them while we were having lunch in a restaurant (without peeking what the other was writing!) and sent to each other. We received them when we were back in Suzhou.

These past summers, when I traveled to England and Portugal, unfortunately without C., I sent him postcards. They usually arrive when I’m already back, but he doesn’t expect them and his excitement is totally worth it. Even though I can’t see his face when he receives them because I send them to his office, but the moment he sees them I get a lot of crying and hearts through Wechat emojis.

Postcard I sent from Ponta da Piedade, Portugal. I actually didn't know about this place and I decided to visit it after buying this postcard because it looked amazing! And it was indeed amazing.

Postcard I sent C. from Ponta da Piedade, Portugal. I actually didn’t know about this place and I decided to visit it after buying this postcard because it looked amazing! And it was indeed amazing.

 

Flying bus in London.

Flying bus in London. The story was in the back…

... unbelievable, right??

… unbelievable, right??

 

 

What about you? Do you still use conventional mail at all?

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